Oils are great for natural hair. You’ve probably heard this a million times before. This is just the truth. Doing a regular hot oil treatment is the best thing you can do for your natural hair. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Read on to learn about hot oil treatment for natural hair and how you can add it to your hair routine.
What is a Hot Oil Treatment?
Hot oil treatment is simply coating your hair strands with warm oil to reap great benefits. This treatment is a great way to keep your hair moisturized all the time. There are different oils you can use depending on the benefit you want. Hot oil treatment can be done on all hair types but it is particularly essential for those with curly or kinky hair because these hair types tend to lack moisture a lot as a result of the spiral nature of the hair.
10 Key Benefits of Hot Oil Treatment on Natural Hair
Hot oil treatments should be your go-to if you want to show your hair some TLC. They provide great benefits to help you deal with dryness, frizz, dullness, moisture and protein loss, and much more.
1. Helps Repair Damaged Hair
Whether the damage is due to protein loss or hydral fatigue, doing regular hot oil treatments can revive your hair. According to a study in the International Journal Of Trichology, it was proven that oils play an important role in protecting the hair from damage. Some oils can penetrate the hair and reduce the amount of water absorbed in the hair, leading to lowering of swelling. This can result in lower hydral fatigue.
Also, some oils such as coconut oils has high affinity for hair proteins and easily binds to these proteins, thus preventing damage as a result of protein loss.
2. Helps to Combat Split Ends
Split ends happen when the ends of your hair becomes dry, brittle and frayed. Your hair shaft splits into one or more segments leading to excessive breakage. Oils that are light weight such as coconut oil and olive oil are able to penetrate the hair shaft reducing the formation of split ends in the hair.
3. Improves Hair Shine
No one likes dull and tired hair. We all want glowing and shiny hair. Using hot oil treatment regularly will make your hair look and feel healthier, and you will notice more shine in your tresses.
4. Moisturizes Dry Hair and Scalp
Our natural hair is prone to dryness and no one wants a dry and brittle hair or dry scalp. If this is you, looking for that extra moisture, then, you should totally infuse a regular weekly hot oil treatment into your regimen. Hot oil treatments will help deposit oil back into your hair and prevent dryness that contributes to breakage.
5. Helps to Reduce Frizz
When your hair is frizzy, it appears dry and all over the place instead of smooth and defined. Frizzy hair can happen when the cuticles of our hair are damaged. Oils have the ability to make your hair really smooth and defined hence reducing frizz.
6. Increases Blood Flow to the Scalp
Hot oil treatment followed by a good scalp massage increases blood flow to your scalp. You are going the extra mile to increase blood circulation to your scalp and making sure your hair follicles get all the blood nutrients needed to promote hair growth.
7. Helps to Treat Dandruff
One of the biggest complaints in the natural hair world is itchy scalp and dandruff. Many oils possess healing and soothing properties that help combat dandruff. Doing a hot oil treatment before or after you shampoo your hair can help prevent dandruff.
8. Improves Hair Elasticity and Strength
When your hair has good elasticity, it has strength and it’s able to withstand tension. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends doing a hot oil treatment for additional moisture and elasticity.
9. Helps to Soften Natural Hair
If you have ever broken a comb before, you would understand that combing natural hair isn’t so easy. If you are looking for a way to soften your natural hair, then hot oil treatment is a must in your hair routine. Applying hot oil on a regular basis can enhance the lubrication of the shaft and help improve the manageability of your natural hair.
10. Promotes Natural Hair Growth
Oils are full of great nutrients and antioxidants that help promote hair growth. Nutrients such as omega 3,6 and 9, oleic acid, palmitic acid, linoleic acid, and antioxidants such as vitamins C and E found in most oils have been seen to promote hair growth.
Want to improve your hair growth? Try a regular hot oil treatment and see the results. You would be mind-blown.
How to do a Hot Oil Treatment on Natural Hair
Now you know the benefits, let’s talk about the step by step process on how to do a hot oil treatment. Giving yourself a hot oil treatment for natural hair at home is quite easy. You can choose to do a DIY by mixing different oils of your choice or you can buy one from a store.
Here’s how it’s done;
1. Start with a clean and damp hair.
You want to make sure your hair is clean and free from build up so you can get the best out of this treatment. You want the oil to fully penetrate your scalp and hair, and if your hair is dirt, the oil will just sit on top of your hair.
2. Mix your oil
If you are not using a store-bought oil mix, you can mix up some oils you already have. My personal favorite oils to use are olive oil and coconut oil because they penetrate the hair shaft well. I recommend you go for lightweight oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, or almond oil. Just make sure to give your hair what it likes.
3. Heat up the oil
Place the container with your oil in a hot cup of water to warm it up or let the hot water in your shower run over it. You don’t want the oil to be boiling hot to avoid being burned.
4. Apply your oil
Split your hair into four sections and gently apply the oil to saturate your hair strands. To ensure your strands are getting a thorough coating, massage the oil hair treatment onto your strands.
5. Add extra heat
Place a shower cap over your head for 15-20 mins. This is to allow your cuticles open up easily allowing the oils penetrate more quickly.
6. Rinse and repeat.
Rinse the oil from your hair with cool or lukewarm water. Then go ahead with your hair routine as usual. For the best result, you should do this treatment as regularly as possible.
How Often Should You do a Hot Oil Treatment?
Hot oil treatment can be done weekly or every two weeks depending on the needs of your hair. It isn’t necessary to leave hot oil treatments in your hair overnight.
Some people would see a difference in their hair almost immediately while others would need some consistency to get results. However, you need to learn and understand what works for you.
What is the Best Oil for Hot Oil Treatments?
Coconut oil: It is a low weight molecular oil making it easy to penetrate the hair shaft, softens and conditions the hair, and promotes hair growth.
Olive oil: It also penetrates the hair shaft but it’s a little heavier than coconut oi. It is rich in Vit A, E and can help retain moisture.
Almond oil: is great for dry hair and it’s really lubricating
Jojoba oil: it is a great oil that doesn’t weigh the hair down but still leaves it soft and manageable.
Grape seed oil: it’s a lightweight oil with great nutrients and perfect for hot oil treatment.
If you are dealing with dry, dull, damaged, or frizzy hair, then hot oil treatment is one thing you should incorporate in your natural hair care routine. You can never go wrong with oils in your hair. This treatment gives your hair a huge boost of moisture, softness and shine. In fact, oils are a must in your product stash. Your hair would thank you.
Do you do a hot oil treatment? What oils do you use?